March 2018 - June 2018
Saturday 10th March
Small Mammal Survey Skills
9.30am – 4.30pm                 £30 per person *
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
Learn how to survey for our smallest mammals using live, humane traps. Includes handling, sexing and identification, trap designs and mechanisms and principles of baiting and setting traps, surveying methods and legislation.
In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)
* Book together with Kent Mammal ID Course held on 10.2.18 for £50
Saturday 24th March
Living Willow Structures
9.45am - 4.15pm                   £45 per person
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Learn how to create living garden features such as arbours and fedges (living fence/screen). Different varieties of locally grown willow will be used. Techniques learnt on this course can be adapted for other types of structure. Take a few cuttings home. Includes information on site preparation and aftercare.
Saturday 24th March
Introduction to Amphibian Ecology and Surveying
2.00pm - 8.00pm                   £30 per person
Tutor: Mike Phillips
This introduction to native species will cover the identification of Kent’s frogs, toads and newts and their basic ecology. Find out what makes a good amphibian pond as well as different techniques that can be used to survey for amphibians.  The day will finish with a torchlight survey of a nearby amphibian population.  There will be an emphasis on newts due to the location. Own transport required.
Minimum age: 13 (under 16s to be accompanied by a paying adult)​
In partnership with Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG)
Saturday 7th April
Animal Skeletons
11.00am - 3.00pm                 £15 per person
Tutor: Anne Riddell
Family workshop. Discover the amazing world of animal bones and put together a real animal skeleton. Find out how animals’ skeletons differ from our own and what their bones and teeth can tell us about their lives. Illustrated talk, followed by hands on skeleton building. For adults and young people. 
Minimum age: 10 (under 16s to be accompanied by a paying adult)
Thursday 12th April
Bird Conservation and Introduction to Survey Techniques
9.30am - 4.30pm                  £50 per person
Tutor: Simon Ginnaw
Birds are important indicators of the health of our environment, and bird survey techniques and the data produced from surveys are essential to measuring population trends and conserving species.  This course will look at our UK bird species of conservation concern, exploring their ecology and what is being done to try to conserve these species.  It will provide an introduction to some of the approaches taken whilst monitoring birds, and these techniques will be put into practice during an outdoor session.  
Saturday 21st April
Spring Foraging in Egerton
10.00am - 4.00pm            £15 per person morning (10-1pm, foraging walk) / £25 per person full day
Tutor: Steve Kirk
In the days before supermarkets and worldwide imports, wild food foraged from the local countryside traditionally formed a large part of our diet. In this introduction discover easily recognisable plants that are good to eat and learn how to prepare and cook them. At a variety of local sites you will learn to forage safely and identify some common edible species before returning to cook and sample your fare. You will also learn about foraging and the law. Meet at Egerton Village Hall.
Saturday 21st April
Introduction to Beekeeping
11.00am - 4.00pm             £100 per person (for 8 weeks)
Tutor: John Holmes
This 8 week course is designed for complete beginners who are looking for a “hands-on” course which will give them the knowledge and confidence to get their first colony of honey bees. Follow the work of Wildwood’s very own beekeeper and learn the skills of this ancient art. Please note that this course takes place outside and is weather dependent. Changes to course dates may need to be made if weather conditions are unsuitable. Post-course advice available. Not suitable for those with medical conditions such as heart conditions, asthma or allergy to bee stings. The course dates will be extended in the case of bad weather.
Dates:  21/4/18; 28/4/18; 5/5/18; 12/5/18; 19/5/18; 26/5/18; 2/6/18; 9/6/18
Sunday 22nd April
Introduction to Permaculture
10.00am - 4.00pm             £40 per person
Tutor: Jo Barker
How Nature is our Teacher. Learn to think like an Ecosystem! 
Permaculture is an ecological design system based on the observation and study of natural systems which gives us amazing tools to redesign and solve any (human) problems in an ethical and resilient way. Although it’s been mostly applied to food growing and gardens, we will see how it covers every area of life. We will utilise the habitats at Wildwood and apply some of our learning.
Saturday 28th April
An Introduction to Urban Mammals
9.30am - 4.30pm              £31.91 (Mammal Society members) / £42.15 (non-members) *
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
This introductory course looks at the key mammal species which can be observed in our urban environments, their identification by sight and typical signs. It will also include an overview of their ecology, their importance and current threats to their populations and how these can be minimised. It will give an insight into how we observe and record UK urban mammals, including traditional trapping methods, footprint tunnels and camera traps.
* Book directly with Kent Mammal Society
In partnership with Kent Mammal Society
Sunday 29th April
A Beginner’s Guide to Birdwatching
10.00am - 4.00pm           £30 per person
Tutor: Simon Ginnaw
Have you thought about taking up birdwatching or have recently taken up the hobby and would like to learn more?  Spend the day with ornithologist and international birdwatching guide, Simon Ginnaw, and be inspired to learn how to get the most out of watching our feathered friends.  Find out about identification basics, why songs & calls are so important, bird migration, useful equipment, and how watching birds can aid their conservation.  Discover more about what interests you most in the bird world.
Saturday 12th May
Reptile Ecology and Surveying
10.00am - 4.00pm             £30 per person
Tutor: Mike Phillips
A chance to get up close and personal to some of our most iconic and often misunderstood creatures.  An introduction to native British reptiles covering identification, basic ecology and survey techniques.  Find out how to identify the best places to look for reptiles and what habitat features they require.
In partnership with Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG)
Saturday 19th May
Plant Identification for Beginners
10.00am – 4.00pm          £30 per person
Tutor: Dr. Lesley Mason
An introduction to Plant Identification for those who want to know how to start identifying flowering plants.  Learn to recognise the parts of plants and useful features that will enable you to decide which family a plant belongs to and help you gain confidence to identify plants to species level.  The use of basic keys will be introduced. This course will also provide a basic grounding in plant ID for those interested in attending our Phase 1 habitat survey course.  Own transport required.
Saturday 19th May
Seashore Foraging and Wild Cooking
10.00am - 4.00pm           £25 per person
Tutor: Steve Kirk
Since the era of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, the seashore has been an important foraging resource, not only for shellfish and seaweeds but for edible coastal plants, some of which are the wild ancestors of important domestic crops today. This is an introduction to the sustainable foraging potential of a stretch of stony muddy North Kent coast and estuary habitat. Discover which easily recognisable plants are good to eat and learn how to prepare and cook them. Forage a variety of edible shellfish before returning to cook and sample your fare. We will also cover foraging safety and the law, and the wider uses of plants. Meet at Marine Parade, Tankerton, Whitstable, CT5 2BE on the greens facing the Marine Hotel.
Saturday 2nd June
Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey (part 1)
10.00am – 4.00pm          £55 per person (£100 for both days)
Tutor: Dr Lesley Mason
A classroom and field based introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology to map and record sites. Ideal for professional ecologists and those working towards a career in this field. Learn to identify key indicator plant species that will help you to recognise and distinguish broad habitat types and gain confidence in writing target notes on habitat features. This is a stand-alone course, but can also be a precursor to phase 1 habitat survey (part 2). Plant identification for beginners is an ideal precursor to this course. Own transport required.
Saturday 23rd June
Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey (part 2)
10.00am - 4.00pm          £55 per person (£100 for both days)
Tutor: Dr. Lesley Mason
Aimed at those who are already familiar with Phase 1 habitat survey basics as covered in day 1 (either in 2018 or a previous year) or who have learnt basic phase 1 elsewhere but want to learn more about indicator plant species for different habitat types.  The whole day will be spent out in the field to experience a variety of habitats and their indicator plants including chalk grassland and neutral grassland types. We will travel to various sites across the county.  Own transport required. 
  • Minimum age for all courses is 16 years unless specified. All under 16’s must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • All courses are held at Wildwood Trust and include Wildwood entry fees unless otherwise specified. Please check listing.
  • All courses are booked directly with Wildwood unless otherwise stated, please check listing for details.
  • All courses must be paid for at the time of booking and are non-refundable unless cancelled by Wildwood.
  • Lunch is not provided unless stated. Participants are welcome to bring their own packed lunch or purchase lunch in the Wildwood Cafe.
  • Please email  or telephone 01227 711 471.
  • Booking is essential for all courses.
  • You can download and print the complete leaflet here.